16 Days Kanchenjunga North Base camp Trek

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destination Kanchenjunga
duration 16 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Kanchenjunga
max altitude 5143m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation Tea House
season Autumn/spring

16 Days Kanchenjunga North Base camp Trek

A breathtaking adventure that will leave you lost for words! Spend 16 days at the foot of the world’s 3rd tallest mountain amidst alpine glaciers, raging rivers, snow-capped mountains, and stunned by the natural beauty in Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. This is a physically demanding trek that rewards you with exceptional close-up panoramic views of these enormous peaks.

The 16 days Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek takes you through subtropical forests, across remote arid moraines, through juniper, pine and rhododendron forests. Trekkers at these high altitudes will be put to the test and reach Pangpema (5,143m) which is also referred to as base camp. From base camp you will have magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga Glacier and Kanchenjunga West (8505m – also known as Yalung Kang). 

Kanchenjunga is claimed to be one of the most beautiful mountains in the world and is believed to be where the Gods live. The area around Kanchenjunga Base Camp has some unique plant life and animals, largely due to its high rainfall during summer. There have been sightings of the elusive Snow Leopard in the region and more frequent sightings of the red panda. More common to this region are the Himalayan black bear and the Assamese macaque. In order to protect the area’s unique flora and fauna the entire region has been declared a conservation zone. The area is also home to several castes, including the Rai and Limbu ethnic groups.

The Kanchenjunga Base Camp was first opened, from the Nepal approach to explorers in 1950 and only become a commercial trekking destination after 1988.

Key Features of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek

  • Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world, and surrounding snow-clad soaring peaks.
  • Visit and trek along with the Kanchenjunga Glacier and Pangpema Base Camp
  • Stunning views of Mt. Makalu, the fifth highest mountain in the world, and the east face of Mt. Everest during the Kanchenjunga Trek.
  • Pristine rhododendron forests, unique vegetation, high alpine passes, across rocky moraines, and terraced farmlands in these remote localities.
  • A visit to the Tibetan refugee settlements and warm smiling faces of the Sherpa people, Rai and Limbu. 

ITINERARY

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Today we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight to Bhadrapur and then we will drive to Suketar, a seven to eight hour drive. We will stay overnight at Bhadrapur.
Leaving Taplejung we trek through the flourishing green lower level hills passing by river-sand trekking along some steep ridges. Along the way we pass through some traditional villages with their unique mud houses, rice fields, fruit trees, and terraced farms before heading down to the Tamur River where we head upstream passing along the way some out-of-the-way villages. We eventually reach the Tamang village of Sinuwa where we stay the night.
After leaving Sinuwa Village the valley narrows as we traverse remnants of landslides and boulders before descending to Thiwakhola and then cross over a wooden bridge. The trail continues and follows the natural, but undulating, the contour of the terrain before reaching the market at Chirwa. Overnight stay at Chiruwa.
After first climbing a spur we then descend to Simbuwa Khola and cross the bridge over the river – with its origin the Yalung Glacier. We again head along another ridge before reaching the Ghunsa Khola Valley. Once we reach the convergence of the Tamur River and Ghunsa Khola we continue on for a short time before making camp beside the river for the night.
After leaving Sakathum we trek northeast alongside the banks of the Ghunsa Khola and then climb higher in the direction of Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The trek takes us across an exposed landscape and a steep ascent to the Tibetan village of Amjilosa, where we spend the night.
Today the trail takes us through rhododendron and bamboo forests. Climbing higher we come to a huge waterfall on the side of the river that signals our path us to our objective – Gyable, with its magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.
After leaving Gyable the trail takes us through a large meadow, a small village, and a small hill. We then head downhill, crossing a river before reaching Gunsa Village, a large Tibetan village with traditional wooden houses, a school, health post, and its own hydroelectricity power plant. The village is within the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area has several Gompas (Buddhist fortifications) where people rest and exchange tales of their journey. Tonight we stay in Gunsa, the very last village in the valley.
Ghunsa is an ideal location and at a high enough altitude for us to acclimatize. It is recommended that during the acclimatization period we do not remain idle. In order to do this we trek across the river to an altitude of 400 metres above the village, taking around 4 hours return. For the remainder of the day we will wander around this Tibetan village, chatting to the locals and absorbing their rich culture.
After leaving Ghunsa we trek for five to six hours through stunning pine and rhododendron forests taking the south bank of the Ghunsa Khola and its, with numerous chortens and mani walls. Trekking across several slopes and glacier moraines we reach Kambachen - today’s destination, a tiny Tibetan village with only a few houses, but encompassed by mountains. Tonight we stay in this quaint village.
After reaching the source of the Ghunsa Khola, we trek along the north side of the Kanchenjunga Glacier and then take the trail on flat terrain past the Lhonak Glacier until we reach today’s destination, Lhonak. At this elevation the air is crisp and cold, but we are compensated with awesome views of Wedge peak, Mera peak, Nepal peak, and Twins, that will leave you spell-bound!. Tonight we stay at Lhonak.
After leaving Lhonak we head in an easterly direction still staying close to the Lhonak Glacier on the northern ridges until we reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp at Pangpema where photo opportunities abound of the huge surrounding mountains. After this breathtaking experience we return to Lhonak for the night.
Today we return to Ghunsa following the same route we took to reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp. This should take us between five and six hours. We will stay at Ghunsa for night.
After an hour’s trek we descend to Phale, home to several monasteries and juniper forests until arriving at a grassy hillside where the tiny village of Amjilosa lies. In total the trek today should take about five to six hours. We stay here in a guest house tonight.
We begin the day with a short ascent and spend the rest of the day descending down a steep trail that eventually takes us to Taplejung. After some time we reach the junction of the Tamur and Ghunsa Khola (rivers). We eventually reach Sakathum from where we take a jeep to. Taplejung and stay the night here in a guest house.
The nine to ten-hour road trip takes us through many small valleys and through villages until we reach Bhadrapur where we stay in a guest house for the night.
Today we have a 30 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu and have our final glimpses of the majestic snow covered mountains. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you back to your hotel, and this evening will collect you for a farewell dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with a cultural performance.

SERVICES

Costs included in your package.

  • Airport picks up and transports by private Car/Jeep.
  • One night standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu and with breakfast.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
  • Transportation from Bhadrapur to Suketar and Taplejung to Bhadrapur by sharing Jeep. 
  • Transportation from Sakathum to Taplejung by sharing Jeep
  • Trekking Lodge (Tea House)/ tent accommodation during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork including Kanchenjunga conservation area Entry Permit & Special permit.
  • Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu flight with private airport transfer and domestic airport tax.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trekking route map.
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.
  • Assistant guide for groups of 8 or more people.

Costs Exclude

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu - lunch, and dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
  • Personal travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Kathmandu sightseeing monument entrance fees($30 USD per person)
  • Excess baggage of more than 20 kg for Bhadrapur flight.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Hotel and Accommodation:

We offer you 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Lodge/Teahouses during the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with blankets and a pillow. All accommodation is on a twin share basis except at the higher elevations or after Kambachen, where you will enjoy homestay style accommodation. The Kanchenjunga trek is situated in some very areas so you may not have the same level of comfort as lower down the mountain. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will provide you down jackets, sleeping bags, and duffle bags (which need to be returned after the trek).

Meals and drinks during the trek:

Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. Food along the Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is much like it is elsewhere in Nepal, with a heavy reliance on rice, lentils and vegetable curries. We suggest you bring a water purification pill to avoid stomach problems from drinking the local water. Bottled water is sometimes available if you prefer.

Transportation:

We provide a private car for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour of Kathmandu on the day you arrive. Flights from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and return is also included. You will travel by jeep from Bhadrapur to Suketar.

Physical condition and past experience:

Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek is graded as highly challenging and a tough trek due to the terrain and high altitudes. This trek takes you to many less-traveled and undeveloped areas, making it difficult in places to traverse rockfalls, moraines, and streams Trekking in these remote areas can sometimes be difficult due to landslides. The roads at the beginning and end of the trek can also be affected too. It is recommended that you prepare yourself beforehand and get physically prepared. This will make it easier to manage the difficult terrain and high altitudes.

Note: The trek itinerary is a guide and will be provided by Sherpa Expedition & Trekking. The Kanchenjunga circuit trek can be modified according to your time, budget, and requirements. What we offer here is a tea house style trek and can be modified as a purely camping trek as well. Contact us for the latest updated information and price for the varied options available.

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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1 Pax USD 1,950
2 Pax USD 1,920
3 Pax USD 1,870
4 - 6 Pax USD 1,850
7 - 12 Pax USD 1,830
13 - 18 Pax USD 1,780
19 - 24 Pax USD 1,600
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